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Mercedes agree on Masi sack deal as Wolff furious

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The FIA’s statement followed reports that Hamilton’s future will be contingent on the result of the inquiry. The BBC went as far to suggest Mercedes had agreed a quid pro quo deal with the FIA for race director Michael Masi and Nikolas Tombazis sacked ahead of the 2022 season.

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Mercedes have denied such suggestions with the Silver Arrows saying they simply want “appropriate action” to be taken.

Mercedes agree on Masi sack deal as Wolff furious

More recently, the Daily Mail claimed that a one-hour meeting was held between the new president of the FIA Muhammed Ben Sulayem and F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali.

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The same report suggests some senior FIA figures believe that Masi could keep his role as part of a restructuring process that would see the race director offered a greater support network.

And Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, has said: “It would be a disgrace for the whole of F1 if the best driver decided to retire because of outrageous decisions.”

Hamilton’s silence continues

Amid rumours over whether or not he will retire, Hamilton has still yet to post on social media since Abu Dhabi.

The 37-year-old – who unfollowed everyone on his Instagram account – has not posted since celebrating his P2 in qualifying at Yas Marina on December 11.

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F1 Fans go Gaga over Max verstappen’s hilarious reaction to Red Bull ‘s theory of not giving…

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The Dutchman is a double champion at the age of 25 and could threaten all sorts of F1 records in the future, though he knows there are no guarantees in this sport.

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Max Verstappen insists he would be “fine” with the prospect of never again having the chance to become Formula 1 world champion.

The Dutchman has already won the title twice, having been champion of the last two seasons. Given how dominant he and his Red Bull team were in the last campaign in particular, he looks well placed to add more trophies to his collection in the next few years.

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But, of course, there are no guarantees. Even the best F1 drivers are limited by their machinery and, even though his Red Bull car was brilliant last year, there is no way to know if their 2023 effort will live up to the billing until at least pre-season testing.

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Someone as competitive as Verstappen wants to win as much and as often as possible, but now that he has already achieved what he set out to do in F1, he insists he will be able to rest easy if he never again gets the chance to fight for the championship.

“Yeah, but you need the car for that,” he told Motorsport.com when asked about his desire for more success. “Now, I’ve won two, but if I never have the opportunity to win again because of my material, then I’m fine with that. Of course, I would like to win, but you need to have a bit of luck as well with that.”

That statement is in line with what he said back at the end of the 2021 season, in the aftermath of becoming world champion for the first time. At that point, he spoke about having achieved his childhood dream and that anything else he could add on top of it would simply be more icing on the cake.

Verstappen’s chances for further F1 success depend on how good his Red Bull car is
Verstappen’s chances for further F1 success depend on how good his Red Bull car is.

And he reiterated that message again, adding: “These cars have also been really different. That took a bit of time to really get used too – also because our car was really heavily overweight in the beginning and that just didn’t help the balance of the car in general.

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“But, besides that, no [nothing has changed]. I’m just enjoying the moment. I was enjoying the moment also last year [2021], but that pressure or need – that hunger to try and win a title whenever you had the opportunity – that’s gone.

“I said already that after the first one, whatever comes next is just a bonus and honestly I do see it like that. It doesn’t change my life. I know who my friends are and I spend time with them and my family. Nothing has really changed in my life in the way I’m living it compared to last year.”

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“It shouldn’t happen ever again!!!” Max Verstappen says as he fights back over…

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen said online abuse “shouldn’t happen anymore” and encouraged the social media companies to do more to protect their users.

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Red Bull’s head of strategy Hannah Schmitz became the target of online abuse after the baseless conspiracy theory emerged online suggesting she in some way affected the result of the Dutch Grand Prix.

With AlphaTauri’s unusual handling of Yuki Tsunoda’s problems, there was a suggestion that Red Bull, who are the sister team of AlphaTauri, someway influenced the result.

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Tsunoda would go on to retire on track, prompting a Virtual Safety Car which ultimatley allowed Verstappen, and others, the chance to pit for fresh tyres. This proved to be largely inconsequential though as a short while later Valtteri Bottas retired on the main straight which prompted the full Safety Car, giving the drivers another chance for a quick pit stop.

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As social media users looked for a target of their hate, they settled on Schmitz, notably the most senior female member of the Red Bull Racing group.

AlphaTauri were quick to condemn the abuse, saying that such “hateful behaviour cannot be tolerated.”

Speaking ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Verstappen echoed that sentiment and said that abuse against the likes of Schmitz, who has guided Red Bull to a 135-point lead in the Constructors’ Championship, “shouldn’t happen.”

“To be honest it’s just about all these silly people who comment like that and what social media allows in general,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1. “Hate happens in every type, it’s not only Formula 1, but it shouldn’t happen.

“I think there’s a lot still to be done about that on social media platforms to anyone, not only us, but that’s something they [social media companies] have to look into. We can’t change that, we’re not in charge of that, but they definitely can work something out.”

It follows a growing trend of abuse being aimed at F1 and sport stars online, Lewis Hamilton being a particular target, while Williams’ Nicholas Latifi revealed earlier this year he had received death threats following his crash in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year.

Verstappen noted how leaving hateful comments is “very easily done online” but said races like the Dutch Grand Prix should be remembered for the on-track action and not abuse off it.

“People just be [on] their phone or laptop or whatever. But these things you know, that shouldn’t happen anymore,” the 24-year-old said. “We should remember the whole weekend is a great atmosphere and a great race, because I think it was quite exciting.

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“You never really knew what was going on or who’s going to win the race and that’s what it should be remembered about.”

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F1 World goes berserk over Charles Leclerc admission to have been surprised by the*****. Says he thinks everybody is

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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has admitted the performance of the Scuderia in Italy could be worse than their speed at Zandvoort.

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Leclerc believes Monza might expose Ferrari’s shortcomings to a greater extent than the Zandvoort circuit, with the title contender admitting the team’s home track does not reward their car’s strengths.

The home of the Italian Grand Prix is known as the ‘Temple of Speed’ due to it being the track with the lowest downforce requirements of the year. The flat-out blast around the park is only punctuated by a few chicanes to slow the cars, which means it is a track that rewards low drag and aero efficiency at high speed.

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As a result, and following Ferrari being drubbed by Red Bull at the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps, Leclerc believes Monza could be a tough weekend for the Scuderia.

Having rescued a seemingly unlikely podium finish at Zandvoort after a strategic misstep from Mercedes, Leclerc looked ahead to the weekend in Italy.

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“On paper, it’s not our best track, unfortunately,” he told media after the Dutch Grand Prix.

“But anyway, I’m really looking forward to going there. We always have a massive amount of support. And for that, I’m really looking forward to it.

“But I think the performance on paper will be a bit more difficult than this weekend, unfortunately.”

Had the Zandvoort race not been interrupted by a late Safety Car period, Ferrari looked set to finish off the podium after both Mercedes cars had employed a medium-tyre start to challenge for the victory.

Leclerc admitted he had been surprised by the pace of Mercedes, who were able to keep up race-long pressure on eventual winner Max Verstappen.

“Definitely [surprised],” he said. “On the harder compounds? Yes.

“I think everybody is obviously improving but in the last races, we’ve been struggling a bit more in race pace. Now Mercedes are also in the fight and they are very quick.

“They were extremely quick, especially on the harder compounds. I think our pace on the softs was really good at the beginning. We had used tyres, Max [Verstappen] was on new, so I think the difference was more or less what we expected. But then on the new mediums we were slower than expected, for sure.”

Ferrari, who spent the first half of the season vying for race victories with Red Bull, have fallen off the boil in recent races – their drop in competitiveness coinciding with the introduction of Technical Directive 039, introduced to control the extent of car porpoising by means of more strict monitoring of the skid blocks and plank on the car’s floor.

But despite Ferrari’s step back in pace happening at the same time as the TD enforcement beginning, team boss Mattia Binotto ruled out that it has had any effect.

“No, nothing to do [with that],” he told Sky F1.

“Honestly, I know there have been a lot of rumours on that, but that’s not the point. As I said already, in Hungary (before TD039 was enforced), we were not quick enough. Maybe we need simply to review our packages that have been introduced or maybe in the ways we are balancing our car.

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“I think the potential of the car can be higher, and has proved to be higher since the start of the season. But right now, it is not the case anymore.”

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